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Plainfield Park District unveils new rec center update

7/26/2017, 2:59 p.m.
The Plainfield Park District recently shared concept plans for a new community center that will be built at Bott Park.
The Plainfield Park District recently shared concept plans for a new community center that will be built at Bott Park. Submitted photo

The Plainfield Park District recently shared concept plans for a new community center that will be built at Bott Park, 24550 W. Renwick Rd., Plainfield.

Jennifer Rooks-Lopez, Director of Parks and Planning, said that “the Park District is hoping to complete the new building by December 2018 with construction to begin early 2018.”

In November 2016 the Plainfield Park District passed a referendum to finance the new recreation center with issuing bonds in the amount of $10.5 million. Along with the referendum the Park District has applied for an Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Grant in the amount of $1 million.

The grant program is designed to help offset additional costs required to make the facility a net zero energy building.

Architectural documents indicate that the facility is an estimated 38,000 square feet. The lower level will include a multi-court gymnasium, preschool classrooms and multi-purpose room, among other features. The second floor will consist of a multi-lane walking/jogging track, health and fitness exercise area and restrooms.

The facade of the community center will consist of a modern design featuring concrete, steel and large windows, according to architectural drawings. The coloring of the building is still under board discussion and has not been approved as of the July board meeting.